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European Georgia presented Candidate of Governor in Tsalka Municipality
Publish Time: 2017-07-23 12:10:00
European Georgia Party presented Candidate of Governor in Tsalka Municipality today.The program for the 2017 local self-governance elections was introduced to the locals as well. According to European Georgia members, in case of win, party plans to abolish bureaucratic expenses and bonuses, also promises to increase pensions by 25 Gel.
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European Georgia Mayor Candidate in Marneuli Municipality
Publish Time: 2017-07-23 12:07:00
European Georgia Party presented Marneuli Municipality Mayor Candidate today. The Leaders of the Party Davit Bakradze, Gigi Ugulava and Giga Bokeria named Ahmed Imamkuliev as the candidate for post of Mayor.Party’s election program for the 2017 local self-governance elections was introduced to the locals as well.
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Consultations between Majority and Opposition over Constitutional Changes to be held
Update Time: 2017-07-22 20:06:00
The consultations between Majority and opposition over Constitutional Changes will be presumably held next week. The parliamentary minority accuses the ruling team of driving the processes to the dead-end. Representatives of oppositional parties claim that the government talks to them in a language of ultimatum. Mamuka Mdinaradze, Chairman of Georgian Dream Faction in the parliament says that oppositional parties have been failing to answer the main question for the time being in which case they would support the package of proposed changes. 
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When will parliamentary extraordinary session be scheduled?
Publish Time: 2017-07-22 20:05:00
Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Georgian Parliament will apply to President Giorgi Margvelashvili with request to call for an extraordinary session of the parliament on July 24. The extraordinary sitting will then be presumably held on July 26, and in case of refusal from president, the parliament will act based on its regulations. During the extraordinary session, the ruling team will decide whether it will take into consideration the motivated remarks of president about changes proposed to be made into Local Self-governance and Election Codes or will override the veto of president. President Margvelashvili vetoed the changes and submitted his motivated remarks to the parliament on July 21. The document presents arguments about why President vetoed the changes. President said he sees the changes as threat for weakening democratic processes in Georgia. President reminded the ruling team of the recommendation of Venice Commission which said that making changes into Local Self-Governance and Election Codes were not appropriate ahead of the local self-governance elections. Georgian President’s Administration hopes that motivated remarks of President Margvelashvili about changes into Local Self-Governance and Election Codes will be taken into consideration by lawmakers. Opposition welcomes President’s veto. 
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President’s Administration counts on sharing president’s remarks
Update Time: 2017-07-22 16:07:00
Georgian President’s Administration hopes that motivated remarks of President Giorgi Margvelashvili about changes into Local Self-Governance and Election Codes will be taken into consideration by lawmakers.Ana Dolidze, President’s Parliamentary Secretary says that the proposed changes pose a threat to democratic processes. The document presents arguments about why President vetoed the changes. President reminded the ruling team of the recommendation of Venice Commission which said that making changes into Local Self-Governance and Election Codes were not appropriate ahead of the local self-governance elections. 
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Parliamentary Majority preparing for extraordinary session
Publish Time: 2017-07-22 16:04:00
The parliamentary majority will apply to President Giorgi Margvelashvili with request to call for an extraordinary session of the parliament on July 24. Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of Parliament will apply to president. The ruling team will then decide whether it will take into consideration the motivated remarks of president about changes proposed to be made into Local Self-governance and Election Codes or will override the veto. The extraordinary sitting will be presumably held on July 26. President submitted his motivated remarks to the parliament on July 21. President Margvelashvili vetoed the changes. He said he sees the changes as threat for weakening democratic processes in Georgia. Opposition welcomes President’s veto. 
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Majority to apply to president to summon extraordinary session of parliament
Update Time: 2017-07-22 12:04:00
The parliamentary majority will apply to President Giorgi Margvelashvili with request to call for an extraordinary session of the parliament on July 24. The ruling team will then decide whether it will take into consideration the motivated remarks of president about changes proposed to be made into Local Self-governance and Election Codes or will override the veto. The extraordinary sitting will be presumably held on July 26. President submitted his motivated remarks to the parliament on July 21. President Margvelashvili vetoed the changes. He said he sees the changes as threat for weakening democratic processes in Georgia. 
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Governmental sitting being held
Publish Time: 2017-07-21 18:07:00
The sitting of Georgian Cabinet of Ministers is being held at Governmental Administration. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili stressed on several issues including Law on Mountainous Areas and construction of a new terminal at Kutaisi Airport. There are 37 issues for discussions as per the working agenda.  
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Delegation of NDI evaluates preparation process for local self-governance elections
Update Time: 2017-07-21 16:14:00
The international monitoring mission of US National-Democratic Institute (NDI) evaluated the process in preparation for local self-governance elections in Georgia today. The delegation prepared the report after observing the processes during one week. Head NDI Georgian Office told “Moambe” News Program of First Channel that recommendations not only refer to pre-election period but elections in general as well. NDI stresses on use of administrative resources and reforms carried out in a speedily manner. 
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Delegation of NDI to evaluate preparation process for local self-governance elections
Update Time: 2017-07-21 12:11:00
The international monitoring mission of US National-Democratic Institute (NDI) today will evaluate the process in preparation for local self-governance elections in Georgia. The delegation prepared the report after observing the processes during one week. Head NDI Georgian Office told “Moambe” News Program of First Channel that recommendations not only refer to pre-election period but elections in general as well. 
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Parliament to discuss motivated remarks provided by President next week
Update Time: 2017-07-21 12:08:00
The Parliament will discuss motivated remarks provided by President Giorgi Margvelashvili about changes to be made into Local Self-Governance and Election Codes sometime next week.  The ruling team criticizes President for vetoing the package of proposed changes. The opposition approves President’s decision. 
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Candidate for post of Tbilisi Mayor of European Georgia to hold protest
Publish Time: 2017-07-21 11:48:00
Elene Khoshtaria, a candidate for post of Tbilisi Mayor of European Georgia in the forthcoming local self-governance elections will hold a protest with slogan “No to Russian Fascism in Georgia” at Aghmashenebeli Avenue in Tbilisi today. Khoshtaria distributed flyers to locals together with volunteers and called on them for joining the activity. Khoshtaria said that the Georgian society should not give the right to marginal groups to talk on behalf of Georgian people. 
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President vetoed changes proposed to be made into Codes on Local Self-governance and elections
Publish Time: 2017-07-20 18:01:00
President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili vetoed changes proposed to be made into Codes on Local Self-governance and elections. Giorgi Margvelashvili stated in that regard at the briefing held today.
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US Department of State - Georgia continued to enhance its counterterrorism legislation and now has a substantial legal framework for prosecuting terrorism-related offenses
Publish Time: 2017-07-20 12:22:00
“Georgia, a longstanding member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, continued its strong engagement with the United States across a range of counterterrorism-related issues and remained a solid U.S. global security partner", - says the US Department of State's Country Reports on Terrorism 2016. "In August, Tbilisi City Court convicted ISIS fighter Davit Borchashvili to 12 years in prison for being a member of a terrorist organization and participating in terrorist activities. Georgian authorities continued to work toward greater information sharing with U.S. and regional counterparts on security issues. Georgia also made progress implementing a domestic program to counter violent extremism.” “Georgia has improved its overall border security, in part due to its goal of attaining visa-free travel to the European Union. Nonetheless, Georgia’s lack of control over the Russian-occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, its lack of diplomatic relations with Russia, and the country’s harsh terrain limited its ability to secure its borders. Law enforcement uses cameras, terrorist watch lists, and advance passenger name records to help detect potential terrorist movement at ports of entry; however, more comprehensive biometric and biographic screening at ports of entry and the implementation of standard operating procedures for dealing with suspicious individuals would enhance this capability. With significant U.S. support, the Georgian Coast Guard is better equipped to patrol the country’s maritime borders, with the exception of Russian occupied Abkhazia’s coastline. The U.S. government continued to enhance the Georgian government’s ability to detect and interdict weapons of mass destruction. Georgia shares cross-border terrorism-related information with its southern neighbors – Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey – through police attachés and working-level interaction at border crossings”, says the report.“Georgia continued to enhance its counterterrorism legislation in 2016 and now has a substantial legal framework for prosecuting terrorism-related offenses. In line with UN Security Council resolution 2178, the government in 2015 changed its Criminal Code and other relevant legislation to criminalize foreign terrorist fighters and the incitement of terrorist acts. These amendments built on changes to the Criminal Code in 2014 that criminalized participation in international terrorism, recruitment for membership in a terrorist organization, and
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Third day of Ambassadorial - diplomats hold thematic meetings
Publish Time: 2017-07-20 12:18:00
The third day of Ambassadorial 2017 - Georgian diplomats hold thematic working meetings.The meeting related to Russia-Georgian conflict has been already ended.The issues on European and Euro-Atlantic integration, international organizations and relations with diaspora will be discussed during today's meetings.The new panel has been added to the ambassadorial, where activities of consulates work will be discussed.
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Consultations on constitutional amendments - Coordination Council suspects that dialogue will have no results
Publish Time: 2017-07-20 12:03:00
Consultations between the ruling team and the opposition on constitutional amendments presumably will be held in next week. The format of the meeting is unknown yet. Amid the statements made after the majority session, the Coordination Council suspects that the dialogue will not have any results.
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Georgia waiting for decision of Ukraine about extradition of Mikheil Saakashvili
Publish Time: 2017-07-19 20:07:00
The extradition issue of Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia’s ex-president remains on agenda of official Tbilisi. Georgia is waiting for yet another decision from Ukraine. “We applied to the Ukrainian side on behalf of Chief Prosecutor’s Office twice with demand to extradite ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili to Georgia and we received rejection in both cases,” Tea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice said during Ambassadorial 2017 being held in Tbilisi. According to Tsulukiani, now Ukraine can make the decision which is suitable at this moment. Irakli Shotadze, Chief Prosecutor of Georgia named Saakashvili’s citizenship as one of the main impediment factors of the process. Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine, being on a 3-day visit in Georgia, gave an exclusive interview to the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) about extradition of Mikheil Saakashvili who also served as Governor of Odessa on Ukraine after making a statement about the same issue on July 18, first day of his visit to Georgia. Poroshenko said that he had verified the information and confirmed that Ukraine rejected to extradite Saakashvili. However, he explained that he was not involved in the process of decision-making. “Names and surnames do not matter, proof of the crime is what matters” he further claimed, though. President of Ukraine said on July 18 that he had not received any demand from the Georgian government regarding extradition of ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili. Therefore, the issue has not been discussed at all. “We have been involved in efficient communication with the government of Georgia but we have not been asked for his extradition,” Poroshenko claimed. 
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Presentation of attraction concept
Publish Time: 2017-07-19 18:32:00
The nearby territory of Arched Dam of Enguri Hydro Electric Power Station will become a tourist zone. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is attending the presentation of attraction project’s concept. The tourist infrastructure will include bridges, rope-way, scientific center and open convert hall. About 200 locals will be employed on infrastructure arrangement works. A tender is announced for preparation of the project. 
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Representatives of ruling team gathering at Georgian Dream Party office
Publish Time: 2017-07-19 18:05:00
Representatives of the ruling team are gathering at Georgian Dream Party office to discuss Constitutional changes. Members of Georgian Dream said that they would meet with representatives of the opposition in the nearest future. The parliamentary opposition is skeptic about readiness of the ruling team about holding of consultations with the opposition over Constitutional changes. The opposition bases the argument with the fact that Georgian Dream refuses to return the package of amendments to the level of second reading discussions.
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Pre-election Monitoring mission of NDI meets with Aleko Elisashvili
Publish Time: 2017-07-19 16:16:00
Members of Pre-election Monitoring mission of National-Democratic Institute (NDI) met with Aleko Elisashvili, an independent candidate running for post of Tbilisi Mayor in the forthcoming local self-governance elections to bed held in autumn. Elisashvili introduced NDI representatives with his election program. Talks were held about pre-election environment. NDI delegation members also met with Diplomatic Corps, journalists, non-governmental organizations, Prime Minister and President. 
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